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Apr 2021

Earth Day: Habitat Helpers

Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Studio Pond, Jefferson County Park, 605 S 23rd St
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
Free

Join in removing invasive, non-native plant species from Jefferson County Park on Earth Day. Volunteers will learn about invasive species that threaten the Park before engaging in the hands-on work of removing these plants. The program will start at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 22nd. Please meet at the Chapel Studios pond parking lot on the north side of Jefferson County Park. Work will involve cutting and dragging invasive shrubs. Volunteers will use tools such as handsaws and loppers to cut…

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Bird Hike: Van Buren County

Apr 29 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 am
Lake Sugema Wildlife Refuge Unit Headquarters, 23213 Iowa Oak Grove Ave
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Free

Register Here- Required Join Kelly McKay with Building Better Birders for a great morning of birding down in Van Buren County. There will be plenty of spring migrants to spy. Don’t forget your binoculars! Participants should meet at the Lake Sugema Wildlife Refuge Unit Headquarters located at 23213 Iowa Oak Grove Ave, Keosauqua. Funding for this program is provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP – CEP). This workshop will be conducted by Kelly McKay…

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May 2021

Toddler Time: May

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
Free

Register Here- Required Explore the great outdoors alongside your child! We will be doing a short introduction before heading out on a hike. This children’s nature program is geared for children who are 2-4 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Toddler Time happens rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather! Pre-registration is required.

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Bird Hike: Cedar View Trail

May 20 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Cedar View Trail, 2164 South 32nd
Fairfield, IA 52556
Free

Register Here- Required Join Kelly McKay with Building Better Birders for a great morning of birding. There will be plenty of spring migrants to spy. Don’t forget your binoculars! Participants should meet at the Cedar View Trail Parking lot at 2164 South 32nd. Funding for this program is provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP – CEP). This workshop will be conducted by Kelly McKay (BioEco Research and Monitoring Center), with assistance from Mark Roberts…

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Wild Edibles Hike

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park- Beach House Lodge, 22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States
Free

Forage in the forest and along the trails at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park! Naturalist, Kathy Dice will lead a leisurely hike as she points out several wild edibles, how to identify them, prepare them and explain a few with medicinal values. Pre-registration is not required for this free program. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. The Des Moines River Water Trail is one of 19…

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Outdoor Adventure Day

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shelter #3, Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
Free

Register Here Get the family outside and unplugged for a morning of outdoor adventure. Families will be able to move through different activities including kayaking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, and archery. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

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Jun 2021

Caterpillar Camp: June 1-4- FULL

Jun 1 @ 9:00 am - Jun 4 @ 11:30 am
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
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$35

This camp is currently full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list June 1-4; 9:00-11:30am 4 & 5 Years Old* Must have completed one year of pre-school & be potty trained Experience nature in a hands-on way this summer as your youngster explores our natural world! Camp features nature exploration, hiking, games, crafts, and other hands on activities for youth who are 4 and 5 years old. Included in the camp fee of $35 are a snack and…

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Kayak Loan

Jun 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Waterworks Park, Bonnifield Lake, North B Street
Fairfield, IA 52256

Register Here: 5:30-6:15 Register Here: 6:30-7:15 Enjoy a calm evening on the water at Bonnifield Lake at Waterworks Park. Participants can kayak around the lake during one of two 45-minute sessions. Sessions will run from 5:30-6:15pm then again from 6:30-7:15pm and will each have 12 participants. Participants 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Staff will provide boats, paddles, and life jackets-which are required to be worn at all times during the program.

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Caterpillar Camp: June 8-11- FULL

Jun 8 @ 9:00 am - Jun 11 @ 11:30 am
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
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$35

This camp is currently full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list June 8-11; 9:00-11:30am 4 & 5 Years Old* Must have completed one year of pre-school & be potty trained Experience nature in a hands-on way this summer as your youngster explores our natural world! Camp features nature exploration, hiking, games, crafts, and other hands on activities for youth who are 4 and 5 years old. Included in the camp fee of $35 are a snack and…

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Toddler Time: June

Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
Free

Register Here Explore the great outdoors alongside your child! We will be doing a short introduction before heading out on a hike. This children’s nature program is geared for children who are 2-4 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Toddler Time happens rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather! Pre-registration is required.

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